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Originally posted 07/02/2009 03:40PM
More details about David Carradine's death are coming to light.
The actor died from accidental asphyxiation, a medical examiner who performed a private autopsy on the actor has concluded. "The cause of death was asphyxiation, an inability to breathe, now why that happened is still what we're working on," Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the late actor's family, told Reuters.
The ties that bound Carradine, who was found hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel on June 4, helped Baden rule out suicide as well. "He didn't die of natural causes, and he didn't die of suicidal causes from the nature of the ligatures around the body, so that leaves some kind of accidental death," he said.
Originally posted 06/14/2009 01:25AM
Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lucy Liu and hundreds of other friends and family members turned out to say goodbye to David Carradine in Los Angeles Saturday evening.
Held in a chapel on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery, the star's funeral drew mourners in all manner of dress, including kilts, Native American headdresses, leather fringe jackets, sandals and multi-colored cowboy boots. Even a group of Hell's Angels was there to bid farewell to Carradine, who was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok on June 4.
"It was touching, but light-hearted," Carradine's older brother Bruce tells PEOPLE. "There weren't a lot of tears, but there was a lot of laughter."
A white hearse containing Carradine's casket arrived at the cemetery around 3 p.m., accompanied by an escort of Hell's Angels on motorcycles. The service started about two hours later after an estimated 400 people filed into a chapel on the grounds of the 400-acre cemetery to mourn the star, who was best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV's Kung Fu.
Originally posted 06/11/2009 04:50PM
David Carradine didn't commit suicide, but the cause of his death is still unclear, according to a pathologist hired by the actor's family.
"The autopsy findings and the evidence thus far available demonstrate that Mr. Carradine's death was not the result of suicide," Dr. Michael Baden said in a prepared statement released through the Associated Press Thursday. "However, to reach a final determination as to the cause and the manner of death we must wait for further information from Thailand as to the scene findings and the completion of the crime laboratory and toxicology studies that are still being performed."
While Thai police initially said the actor had likely committed suicide, details soon emerged about how he was found – nude, with cords wrapped around his wrists, neck and genitals – that gave rise to speculation Carradine had died accidentally during an autoerotic act.
Originally posted 06/06/2009 05:00PM
The FBI has offered its assistance to Thai authorities investigating Thursday’s death of actor David Carradine, agency officials tell PEOPLE.
After Carradine’s half-brother, Keith Carradine, met Friday with FBI officials in Los Angeles, those officials contacted the FBI's legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok “to determine if the Thai authorities are requesting or would welcome FBI assistance in this matter,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimilller tells PEOPLE. She adds there is no word yet as to whether Thai authorities will invite the FBI to join their investigation.
The FBI has no jurisdiction in other countries, but occasionally offers assistance investigating the deaths of Americans when foul play is suspected or when the family requests such intervention.
Originally posted 06/05/2009 03:45PM
David Carradine entered the lobby of Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park luxury hotel at about 3 p.m. last Sunday asking for a favor. Would they mind if he stretched his fingers and played the grand piano?
The hotel staff said be our guest, and for three days in a row the Kill Bill star serenaded people in the lobby with movie tunes. His final performance was late Tuesday night – two days before he was found dead.
"He was a great piano player," says the hotel's general manager, Aurelio Giraudo. "He was a man full of life. He was a very happy man. His face is smiling. A big smile."
Originally posted 06/04/2009 06:10PM
After a maid found David Carradine's body in a closet in his Bangkok hotel room, police called it a suspected suicide. But the actor's manager refuses to believe it.
"I can tell you 100 percent that he would have never committed suicide," Tiffany Smith, who along with Chuck Binder managed the Kill Bill star, tells PEOPLE. "He was too full of life."
Carradine, 72, was in Thailand filming the movie Stretch when his nude body was discovered Thursday morning. The body was in a sitting position, with a yellow rope wrapped around the neck and attached to a closet bar, said police Col. Somprasong Yentuam, chief of the Lumpini area station. "We believe that Mr. David committed suicide but it is suspicious," said Yentuam.
Originally posted 06/04/2009 10:05AM
Movie and TV actor David Carradine, best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV's Kung Fu in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Bangkok, where he was shooting a film, his manager confirmed Thursday. The star was 72.
According to manager Chuck Binder, the movie's producer found Carradine dead in his hotel room. Binder told Fox News the death is "shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work ... a great person." Citing Thai police sources, the BBC reports that a hotel maid discovered the American actor in a closet with a rope around his neck and body.
Married five times and divorced four – he is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman, whom he married in 2004 – Carradine starred as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the 1976 Best Picture Oscar nominee Bound for Glory. Among his later screen roles was in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, in which he played Bill.
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